Afrocuban Elegba

Afrocuban Elegba

Elegba plays the keyrole to the world of the Orisha, he is the messenger and deliverer of all the sacrifices made to the deities. He is always addressed first in a ritual. 

Afrocuban Oshosi

Afrocuban Oshosi

Oshosi is Ogun's brother and an important warrior and hunter Orisha. His tools are the very precise bow and the arrows.

Afrocuban Obatala

Afrocuban Obatala

Obatala's name “ọbà tí álá” means "the king of white cloth". Obatala is the supreme Orisha. As the deity of peace, harmony, mercy and purity he is kind and benevolent.

Afrocuban Babaluaye

Afrocuban Babaluaye

Babaluaye is Yoruba for “father whose reign is the physical earth”. He is feared and known as the Orisha of infectious diseases, feverish infections and epidemics and the healing force.

Bata-drums

Bata-drums

An Afrocuban set of bata-drums consists of the small drum Okonkolo, the lead-drum Iya and the middle-sized Itotele. Traditionally in Havana they are made of rawhide only. 

Afrocuban Shango

Afrocuban Shango

Shango wears his crown and his typical skirt, that moves like flames of fire while dancing. In his hand he has the double-axe and is standing an a typical posture.

Ere Obatala

Ere Obatala

Obatala literally means "King of white cloth". This drawing shows a traditional sacred statue of the Orisha, called "ere", carved out of wood and painted with white chalk, "efun".

Odide

Odide

Initiations into Orisha-worship make use of a red tailfeather of the African grey parrot, called Odide in Yoruba-language. It is a strong protection against witchcraft.

Ejife

Ejife

Cuban Olorisha use parted coconuts instead of kola nuts to divine. "Ejife" is the most positive sign of the oracle, it says “si, seguro, too bien, tienes ire”.  

Opele Ifa

Opele Ifa

Babalawo use a divining chain called Opele Ifa. Its sixteen major double figures of the 256 Odu Ifa, starting from left to right in lines, appear in this drawing. 

Afrocuban Oya

Afrocuban Oya

Oya uses in the dances her black iruke and is moving in circles like a tornado. She is fierce and strong and like her husband Shango hot-tempered. 

Akilapa

Akilapa

Pablo Roche was a famous bata-drummer from Havana and is one of the cultural heroes in the diaspora. His nickname was Akilapa. Iba'e onilu bata! 

Oshun Oshogbo

Oshun Oshogbo

This logo is made after the Oshun statue located at her central shrine, directly at the Oshun river at the UNESCO world heritage site of the Sacred Grove in Osogbo, Nigeria.

Ogun Aladaa Meji

Ogun Aladaa Meji

Ogun’s praise name “Aladaa Meji” means “the one with two cutlasses”. It shows his warrior attitude as the god of iron and civilization. 

Herramientas Yemaya

Herramientas Yemaya

Yemaya's Afrocuban tools link her to the sea and Orisha Olokun, represented by a mermaid-like figure. Yemaya means “mother of the children of the fish“.

Ejire

Ejire

Obi, Yoruba for kolanuts, are used to communicate with Orisha. In divination they are cast and interpreted, this one is the most positive sign. 

 

Oshe Shango Modern

Oshe Shango Modern

Shango’s double axe for all the Onishango and Shango-lovers out there! This T-shirt makes it very visible whom you are following.

 

 

Afrocuban Oshun

Afrocuban Oshun

Oshun's image in the diaspora is very seductive and she stands for the beauty of women, yellow is her preferred color. 

Olorisa/ch/x/sha

Olorisa/ch/x/sha

Wherever you are, whether you speak and write Yoruba, Spanish/Lukumi, Portuguese/Nago or English - what is most important is your love to the Orisha! 

Omo Ayan

Omo Ayan

Ayan is the Orisha of the bata-drums and the name of a tree used for constructing the drum-shells. Ayan thus is “the wood that talks”.